Aiming to be the UK's own Paramore, TenFourAndOut are set to go on tour next month with an EP due for release next year. We chat to Josh Wilson to find out more about the band, their influences and their plans...
What's your earliest musical memory?
Well, the earliest musical memory I have was the one which inspired me to take up an instrument and start my musical career. It was my Dad’s Paul Simon cassette which he always played in his car, and the song ‘You Can Call Me Al’ with all the really catchy brass licks, which at the age of…8 I think it was, inspired me to take up the trumpet! I took trumpet all the way up to a respected Hampshire Stage 5 (which I’m pretty sure is just a glorified piece of paper and isn’t acknowledged at all as an achievement). I then took up guitar at 11 and was Sum 41’s biggest fan and my only ambition in life was to play the solo from ‘In Too Deep’!
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Matt Bellamy – Probably my all time biggest musical inspiration, a superb musician, humble, modest, and very British!
John Mayer – Another one of my favourites, his guitar playing is modest and full of passion and an extremely talented song writer.
Eddie Van Halen – Just amazing. The pioneer of all shredding. One of my heroes which I haven’t seen live yet! I also own one of his Wolfgang guitars!
Katy Perry – Who wouldn’t?
There’s so many other artists out there I’d sacrifice so much to work with, but working with people like Pharrel or Justin Timberlake would be incredible, I’m a big fan of their stuff!
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
Being in a female fronted pop/rock band, you can’t help but be compared to the likes of Paramore. As a band, we love Paramore, but try to avoid comparing ourselves to them as much as possible. The current album, is very powerpop/punk, so any bands which come under that sort of genre, its similar to I guess. It’s got a real American vibe to it (as it in fact was recorded and produced out in Ventura CA with Aaron Goldberg from Army Of Freshman). We’ve recently been reviewed by the very critical rock and pop critic from The Independent, Simon Price. We found out quite bluntly that he’s not a big fan of the powerpop genre, but one of his nicer comments was “…they look like the cast from Skins, and sound as if they are something off the soundtrack…”! But we’ve started work on a more mature British sounding pop, with plenty of scope to rock! Hopefully we’ll be sharing this new sound with the public in the very near future!
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Muse – Haarp: Live From Wembley – My Favourite band of all time, the best live band in the world, one of the most epic venues in the world, an extravagantly diverse set list…is there anything else as inspiring?
Van Halen I – I bought this album when I first started playing guitar, and have only recently mastered the songs. Mind blowing guitar gymnastics for the time it was recorded. This particular album has lots of sentimental value.
There isn’t a 3rd album which stands out from the rest, but I’m a huge fan of dance and electro music, so I think I’d take some sort of archive of dance podcasts, maybe Tiesto or Armin Van Buuren (2 of my favourite DJ’s).
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Probably all of my dodgy 80s metal albums from bands such as Dokken, Skid Row, Poison, Ratt etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of it, but I have just a ridiculously huge collection! I did just come across a Trivium album on my Itunes…that’s pretty embarrassing, but I guess most guitarists go through that sort of stage.
What sets you apart from the rest?
Me personally? Probably the fact I’m a good 6 inches taller than your averaged sized person, and also my outrageously lengthy neck (which the band promo photos don’t really help me out with!) But as a band, we’re all outrageously good looking, and spectacularly talented…(I apologise for my grotesquely arrogant humour). Seriously though, we are relentlessly hardworking, and have a unique level of musicianship (A few of us have Grade 8 in our instruments, as well as similar achievements in other instruments). The new material we are writing isn’t something which any of us can draw direct comparisons to, which is really exciting, and we look forward to hear our fans feedback when we showcase some new tracks very soon!
What is next for TenFourAndOut?
We’re currently anticipating our UK tour in late November as main support for Birmingham based Allbright, so make sure you check us out and see if we are coming to a town near you! We’ve been played quite a lot on regional radio recently so are planning various live sessions for a selection of radio stations. Also, in early 2011 we will be recording an EP in the UK with some top industry producers, featuring our new, never heard before, exciting tracks we’ve been working on!